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Salman Khurshid hits back: Threatens to take legal action against Kejriwal, 'Aaj Tak'

Thursday, 11 October 2012 - 6:33pm IST Updated: Thursday, 11 October 2012 - 7:03pm IST | Place: LondonNew Delhi | Agency: PTI

Do you really think I am mad to siphon off money meant for spending in my own constituency, where I have been working for 15 years? asked the Union law minister.

Law Minister Salman Khurshid has threatened to initiate legal action against Arvind Kejriwal and Hindi TV channel Aaj Tak for alleging that an NGO headed by him siphoned off Rs71 lakh meant for physically challenged people in Uttar Pradesh.

"I think what they've done is worse than behaving like gutter snipes. The only answer they deserve is suitable suit filed in court - and that will be done by both civil and criminal procedures," Khurshid said while reacting to the allegation against the NGO, Zakir Husain Memorial Trust, run by his wife Louise Khurshid.

The minister told NDTV that he will take legal action against activist-turned-politician Kejriwal and Aaj Tak.

"Do you really think I am mad? That I would siphon off money? Where we've been working for 15 years...giving people tricycles, giving people different implements. This is my constituency. You don't cheat on the people of your constituency," the minister said.

Khurshid also attacked Kejriwal, saying he should first explain what he has been doing all his life. "He should first explain where he gets his money from. How he lives, he should tell us how he travels. He should tell us what he's done with the funds that come," the minister said, "but we'll take care of Mr Kejriwal in due course, don't worry."

On Wednesday, Louise in a statement had said "This (allegation) is irrelevant and bizarre because the tTrust has never submitted any documents to any other authority where it claims or which are signed or held out to be signed by one Tapasvee Lal."

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